EPA Funding

The 2018 EPA Research Calls have now closed.

This year, proposals were sought from the research community to help identify solutions to emerging and complex environmental problems. The research call highlighted the importance of a clean, healthy and well-protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life.

The call, which is managed by the EPA and funded by the Government through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, was designed to support the implementation of environmental policies in Ireland, including: the National Climate Mitigation Plan, National Climate Adaption Framework, Circular Economy Action Plans and Strategies, Biodiversity National Action Plan and National Peatlands Strategy, as well as the forthcoming Clean Air Strategy, UN Sustainable Development Goals Implementation Plan and National River Basin Management Plan.

With up to €9.5 million available for new research projects, the Research Call was divided into three strands: Water; Climate & Air, and Environmental Sustainability.

Full details of the call topics can be found in the Technical Description Documents.  Please also refer to the Research Call 2018 Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

EPA Co-funded Scholarship Opportunity

EPA Co-funded Scholarship Opportunity in Maynooth University on: Survival of mobile antibiotic resistance in water.

Deadline: 8th August 2018. (Read More)

Advance Notice

  • IRC-EPA Scholarship Scheme: Opening in mid 2018.
  • Fulbright-EPA Awards: Opening in mid 2018.
  • SFI-EPA investigator Programme: Opening in late 2018.

About EPA Funding

The EPA’s current Research Programme 2014–2020 provides funding under three pillars -Sustainability, Climate and Water.

This is facilitated through the annual EPA Research Call, which is announced between April and June each year

  • Climate research is about informing actions on, and improving engagement with, the diverse challenges posed by climate change under four areas: (i) Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks; (ii) Ireland’s Future Climate, Its Impacts and Adaptation Options; (iii) Socio-economic and Technological Solutions; and (iv) Air Science. It also aims to identify and advance opportunities that arise from addressing these challenges.
  • Water research is about supporting relevant water policy and protecting our water environment, contributing to achieving excellent water quality in Ireland, and is organised under five areas: (i) Safe Water; (ii) Ecosystem Services and Sustainability; (iii) Innovative Water Technologies; (iv) Understanding, Managing and Conserving our Water Resources; and (v) Emerging and Cross-cutting Issues.
  • Sustainability research is about achieving a high quality of life in a resource-efficient Ireland, and is organised under four areas: (i) Resource Efficiency; (ii) Health and Wellbeing; (iii) Socio-economics; and (iv) Natural Capital and Ecosystems.

There are currently over 200 active research projects funded by the EPA. Information about these projects can be accessed through the EPA Research project database.

Projects funded by the EPA Research 2014 – 2020 programme are required to comply with “Green” or “Gold” open access standards.

Research projects are required to upload datasets and outputs onto the SAFER-Data Research Data Archive, where it is available for public viewing.

As well as providing funding under the pillars, we also provide funding for: